You may be in the practice of spring cleaning, where you focus on deep cleaning areas of your home every spring. While this is a great time to clean areas of your home that don’t get much attention, why not move it a little earlier in your year? By focusing on this near the beginning of the year in January, you start your year off right and have less to do in the springtime.
Make a List of the Deep Cleaning Tasks You Have Been Avoiding
You can start your deep cleaning new year simply by knowing what needs to be done. Write down all the tasks (cleaning or otherwise) that you have been putting off for a while. Think beyond just your routine cleaning tasks, and think more about deep cleaning or the chores you tend to put off or ask someone else to do for you. This might include:
- Washing the windows and window frames
- Washing the exterior of your home
- Cleaning out the gutters
- Cleaning the roof
- Removing cobwebs
- Washing the walls and outlets
- Cleaning the attic or basement
- Cleaning behind and underneath furniture
Create a Detailed Deep Cleaning Schedule
You don’t need to stick to the schedule 100% of the time, but the more you can play and prepare ahead of time, the easier it will be to get your cleaning done. For this one you want to start with your regular cleaning tasks, like doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and washing the floors, then add some of the other cleaning tasks you just made a list of. That way, you have a good balance of different cleaning tasks for the new year.
Declutter and Organize
Once you have gone through your home for the first round of cleaning, do some organizing and decluttering. When you were cleaning your home according to the schedule you just made, you likely found some items that you no longer need or have use for. It is not necessarily something you don’t use often, but maybe that used to fit your décor style and no longer does. Now is a great time to start getting rid of these items and decluttering different areas of your home.
One Room Every Weekend
Having a hard time keeping up with your cleaning? Commit to cleaning one room of your home every weekend, in addition to the routine cleaning chores you have. This allows you to do some of those tasks that you tend to put off, without feeling overwhelmed.